Two men face child pornography charges in southern Illinois

 Two southern Illinois men — in separate cases in different counties — appeared in court Wednesday facing child pornography charges, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wigginton announced today. 

Each man was charged with using a computer to access images of child pornography online and faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release. 

Joseph R. Washburn, 33, of Murphysboro, Illinois, is alleged to have committed the offense in Jackson County. The investigation into the case was conducted by the Secret Service Southern Illinois Cyber Crimes Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, the Benton Police Department, and the Murphysboro Police Department.

Thomas C. Fulk, 46, of Olney, Illinois, is alleged to have committed the offense in Richland County. The investigation into the case was conducted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the Richland County State’s Attorney, the Illinois State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Leggans is prosecuting both cases.

Related Articles

Ex-Kentucky House speaker running for re-election The former Kentucky House speaker who stepped down after signing a secret sexual harassment settlement is running for re-election.
App could help save you if your stranded in your car It's a scary thought: You or one of your kids stuck on the side of the road during a snow storm. If you have an Android phone, this app may save your ...
Proposal would axe weather monitoring stations in Kentucky A network of 69 weather monitoring stations used to issue warnings for tornados and flash floods across Kentucky would be eliminated under the latest ...
Missouri governor calls for tax cuts, promises details later Republican Gov. Eric Greitens says he wants to lower income taxes for most Missourians and eliminate those taxes for the state's lowest earners.